Day in history for August 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Joseph Blais for a monster watermelon, weighing 40 pounds. All hands at The Argus helped eat the delicious fruit.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The general health of the citizens of Rock Island is reported to be excellent, although a number of cases of malaria fever are said to exist in the county.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Barney Oldfield, the famous auto racer, arrived in this city today with his Green Dragon. He will attempt to set a new dirt track record at the Davenport mile track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Participation at the Rock Island playgrounds increased 10,272 during the season, according to a report made today by Mel H. Hodge, superintendent of the Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
With a score of .23 accidents per 100,000 miles, the payroll audit department of the Bituminous Casualty Corp. has won its third consecutive victory in the company's intra-departmental safe driving competition and thus takes permanent possession of the Bituminous Automobile Safety trophy.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline teachers started classes today without a contract after rejecting a negotiated settlement for the first time in the district's 14-year, collective bargaining history. Teachers will be in the classroom while negotiations continue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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